Chocolate Chippy Cakes (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

by megan on June 20, 2009

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I don’t crave chocolate very often, but when I do, I am serious about it. Sometimes a handful of chocolate chips does the trick, so I looked for a way to incorporate my favorite chocolate chips into a treat that would cure my cravings. I love the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, and I found this fabulous recipe on the Enjoy Life website. The recipe is for 2 dozen mini cupcakes, but I made 12 regular sized cupcakes. This recipe is vegan and gluten free, so it can be enjoyed by many! This was my first time to use rice flour in a recipe, and I was very pleased with the result. These chocolate treats are very rich and taste wonderful right out of the oven when the chocolate chips are still melted! ENJOY!

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Chocolate Chippy Cakes


1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup canola oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup superfine sugar

1 1/3 cup white rice flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips


1.  Preheat oven to 350°.

2.  With a mixer, beat the applesauce, water, oil vanilla, cocoa, and sugar until smooth.  Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and mix until well combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

3.  Spoon batter into greased mini muffin tins.  Do not over-fill.

4.  Bake for about 25 minutes, or until brownie is firm around the corners and leaves an indentation when poked in the middle.  Let cool completely, then remove from the tin with a small knife or spatula.

5.  Frost or dust with powdered sugar if desired.


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl June 21, 2009 at 12:09 am

I LOVE the Enjoy Life products – great recipe from the site!

Lindsey (Mrs. LC) June 21, 2009 at 1:10 am

These look amazing – I bet no one would ever even know that they’re vegan and gluten-free! :)

Wandering Coyote June 21, 2009 at 1:44 am

Another stellar job, Megan!

Gloria Chadwick June 21, 2009 at 4:00 am

These look really delicious. They look so good, I can almost taste them. I love that you used applesauce in the recipe. :)

Alison June 21, 2009 at 4:46 am

Looks yummy! A relatively healthy way to enjoy a chocolate treat.

miss v June 21, 2009 at 9:37 am

oh yum! i know what you mean about chocolate -i keep a few carob chips around for when the craving hits. these cupppies looks awesome!

coco June 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

I crave chocolate all the time so if I make 12 of them, they will last exactly 2 days!!! hahaha….. they look scrumptious!!!

Shelby June 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I love those products! And the cupcakes are to-die-for!

ttfn300 June 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

looks intense :) and delicious!

april June 21, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Those look super rich… perfect for those chocolate cravings!

Ashley June 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

These look amazing! It is so hard to find a good, tasy, vegan chocolate muffin/cake. I’m definately saving this recipe. Thank you!!

Jess June 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Hey! Thanks so much for the comment on my blog :)
Those cupcakes look incredible! I just want to take one out of the pic and eat it!
So chocolate-y!
Looking forward to reading more :)
<3 jess

Adam June 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Whoa, a chocolate cake with rice flour? Very cool. The more I bake, the more I realize that there really aren’t any rules, and things can really be egg and milk free.

Astra Libris June 22, 2009 at 12:41 am

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m so glad you led me, in turn, to your beautiful blog! Your chocolate chip cupcakes look SO scrumptious! Thank you for the fantastic recipe – I’m looking forward to fixing these soon! Yay for vegan chocolate chips! :-)

stephchows June 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm

mmmmmm those look so chocolaty good!!!

Jen June 22, 2009 at 6:35 pm

And I’m trying to be good… these look fantastic. So fantastic that I want to eat one right now.

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 23, 2009 at 2:27 am

Wow, those cupcakes look great!

Lori June 23, 2009 at 3:08 am

I wish I didn’t crave chocolate often. Ha, ha! It is always at the top of my list. These look great!

katie June 25, 2009 at 6:19 am

These look so amazing! I am going to bake them tomorrow!!! Thanks for the recipe.

Sacredstitch October 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm

My son has serious food allergies, including all dairy, so I experiment a lot with vegan/allergy friendly dessert recipes. These were great! Thanks for sharing.

Lorena April 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I’ll try this wonderful recipe as i must follow a gluten-free diet. Thank you so much!

Zana@GreenGlobalTravel March 17, 2014 at 12:33 am

These look so delicious!!! And the fact that they’re gluten free and vegan friendly makes it ten times better! Thanks for the share.

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